Bronze objects were widely used in every aspect of ancient Roman life: bronze figurines and statuettes were significant in official and religious spheres, for instance as votive offerings. Military figures or symbols were also popular, due to the expansion and strength of the Roman army. Testament to this is our bronze statuette of a retiarius: a gladiator wearing only a piece of tunic around the waist, in order that his speed and agility might have the edge on heavily-armoured secutors.
Roman Bronze Retiarius Statuette
A finely detailed bronze cast figurine of a retiarius, an ancient Roman net-fighter. The gladiator is shown bare-headed and advancing left. He wears low boots; a large galerus flange neck-protector to the left shoulder; and loincloth, which is held in place by a wide belt.
Condition: Excellent condition. Right hand missing.